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Jun 12, 2014 9:35 AM by Tracy Wirtz

St. Jude Patients & UL Students Want to Give Back

Childhood experiences influence the decisions we make throughout our lives. For three UL students, a devasting diagnosis and difficult treatments have turned into a mission for them, each in a very unique way.

Brennan is a pre-med student who had leukemia as a toddler. He hopes to get into medical school and work at St. Jude as a pediatric oncologist one day. He says he developed a close relationship with his own doctor, and he feels can be empathetic with the patients and their families.

Ben is also a leukemia survivor. He is studying dietetics at UL. He will take part in a job shadowing program at St. Jude this summer. He hopes to move to Memphis after school and work at St. Jude. Ben says he know the help he offers, like Brennan's, goes far beyond just the job he may be performing. He knows he can answer questions and be there to do whatever it takes to be a comfort to the children and their parents.

Brittany is also a St. Jude patient. Two years ago, she was recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Today, she's toughing out clinicals in nursing school at UL. She hopes to one day be a nurse practitioner. Whether she works at St. Jude or not, she hopes to be a part in the fight to cure childhood cancer. She knows it's the big things and the little things, like a hug, that bring the most comfort to these kids.

These young people know they owe their lives to St. Jude. Each year, they help in the St. Jude Dream Home project and in many others to make sure St. Jude can continue their mission that no child might die in the dawn of life.

Please help, Acadiana. Get your Dream Home ticket today. Call 1-800-724-1918 or click here.



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